What is Lymphedema? 

Lymphedema is a condition resulting from impaired flow of the lymphatic system causing swelling (edema), or a collection of fluid in the arms or legs.

Lymphedema patients may feel their rings, watches, or bracelets are too tight and restricted flexibility in their wrists, hands, and ankles. 

Often a side effect of cancer treatment, where lymph nodes are removed, lymphedema can also be brought on by certain cancer-fighting treatments like tamoxifen and radiation therapy. Additionally, primary lymphedema can be present at birth or develop during puberty or adulthood and the cause is unknown. 

Theresa Shares Her Experience with Lymphedema Treatment

How is Lymphedema Treated? 

There is no cure for lymphedema, but it can be treated through early diagnosis, care by a specialized healthcare team, and patient attention to the affected limb.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options Include:

  • Manual Drainage
  • Massage
  • Compression Garments
  • Skin Care
  • Exercise
  • Diet 

Surgical Treatment Options Include:

  • Lymph Node Transfer
    • A microsurgical procedure
  • Lymphovenous Bypass
  • Lymphedema Liposuction 

Why Choose Swedish Medical Center for Lymphatic Restoration? 

At Swedish Medical Center we treat the whole patient. Offering both surgical and non-surgical treatment options, our truly comprehensive program combines innovative technique with traditional treatments and cutting-edge technology to treat every individual. 

We understand with a comprehensive program comes complexity, that’s why a nurse navigator will be there every step of the way coordinating care between the members of our multi-disciplinary treatment team: 

  • Plastics & Microvascular Surgeons
  • General Surgeons
  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapists